A local sports ministry is one step closer to constructing a multi-use sports facility to serve the community. One King Sports has reached a lease agreement for four acres of land adjacent to Horizons Church in Lost Creek.
The all volunteer sports ministry currently operates a popular youth basketball league that serves 300 local kids, and a new flag football league and cheerleading league will start Fall 2016. With the construction of the multi-use facility, One King Sports plans to expand into other areas such as volleyball and indoor soccer, and will also have the ability to host training conferences and events.
The decision to build a brand new sports facility is the result of seeing an opportunity to make an even greater impact in the lives of more children and being able to expand to offer new sports.
“Us having our own facility will allow us to grow and expand into other sports and ministries,” said Ricky Hitt, co-founder of One King Sports. “We want this to be more than a sports facility. We look at this as a training ground for Christian leaders.”
Founded in 2015, the mission of One King Sports is to “instill biblical values, leadership skills, and teamwork principals that impact participants throughout their lives,” according to the ministry’s Facebook page. Players and coaches pray together and discuss scripture before games and at practices, and testimonies are shared at the halftime of games.
All games are played on Saturdays in a fun, friendly atmosphere, and it’s not uncommon for over 1,000 spectators to attend throughout the day.
“The atmosphere we create at our games is so inviting,” said Hitt. “We introduce every kid before each game.”
To help fund the $1.2 million dollar project, One King Sports has started their fundraising efforts, such as the upcoming 2nd Annual One King Mud Run that will be held on August 6, 2016.
“Our goal is to make this a state-wide event,” said Hitt. “We already have people registered from Beckley to Pennsylvania. It’s a very big fundraiser for our ministry.”
Registration for the mud run has officially opened and they anticipate doubling the amount of participants in this year’s run.
One King Sports is also planning to launch a capital campaign to generate additional donations and grants to help fund the project.
For information on how you or your organization can donate to support this project, please visit www.onekingsports.org.
Be sure to also connect with One King Sports on their Facebook page.
- Team huddle at a One King Sports game
- Initial design plans for the multi-use sports facility
- One King Sports co-founders Ricky Hitt and Mark Bland
- Teams praying together at a One King Sports basketball game